Diwali is the festival of lights
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Dipawali, the ‘rows of Deep’, is a much awaited and widely celebrated festival of India. It is the festival of lights and falls at the end of Ashwin and beginning of Kartik month. The festival is not only related to Hindu religion but it is also related to Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In Hinduism, the festival relates to the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after the exile of 14 years. It is also celebrated as the victory of righteousness over the evil. Lighting oil lamps on Diwali symbolises the freedom from darkness. The Hindu’s also welcomes goddess Lakshmi by drawing Rangoli and footsteps.
- Diwali is the festival of lights
- It is celebrated to symbolise the victory of good over the evil
- It also symbolises the freedom from spiritual darkness
- The festival is celebrated 20 days after Dussehra
- Mostly the festival falls on October or November
Celebration of Diwali festival
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People celebrate Diwali festival in many ways such as burning of crackers, playing cards, lightning of lamps, wearing new clothes, distribution of sweets, exchange of gifts etc. It is a five-day festival and each day has its own significance. People believe that the sounds of crackers kill all bad omens.
There is also a popular belief that goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean of milk (Ksheer Sagar) on this day. She is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. As a tribute to goddess Lakshmi, people perform Lakshmi Pooja as well on Diwali. People also send cards, SMSs, messages, pictures, images, wallpapers, etc on Diwali. It is also the time for exchanging Diwali wishes, gifts, sweets, etc.
India has always been known for its rich heritage of culture and tradition. One very popular cultural tradition among the Hindus during festive occasions is to prepare Diwali rangolis. Beautiful design ideas are sold in shops for preparing Diwali rangoli designs. Diwali rangoli pictures are posted in websites, blogs and social networking sites. There could be a wide range of rangoli decoration ideas available from the Internet. While ladies prepare the colourful brilliant rangolis, the entire flurry of activities can be captured and Diwali rangoli video can be prepared. Unique patterns are conceived on the spot by creative minds in rangoli making competitions. Diwali rangoli designs with colours, other types of designs with dots, or even designs with flowers are generally common. Easier and smaller designs for kids can also be prepared.
Tasty delicious dishes cooked with love are the highlights of every Indian festivity. Festive occasions encourage people to feast in tasty food cooked at home. The age old family recipes for Diwali sweets and other Diwali recipes derive a lot of importance. Elaborate Diwali food preparations are made days before the actual festivities as relatives and friends start pouring in from all over. Innovative modern Diwali recipes are being added each year as food trends change with generations. Blog on Diwali recipes in Hindi and in other languages such as Marathi are now being created and updated for interested food lovers. Spicy dishes such as chole kulche, pav bhaji, and chaats are as popular as sweet dishes such as malpuas, halwas, rasgulla, kesar kaju barfis and jalebis.